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What's a Witch to Do?

(A Midnight Magic Mystery #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  899 ratings  ·  177 reviews
A suspenseful brew with a dash of passion

High Priestess might sound like an ’80s hair band, but its Mona McGregor’s life. She runs the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia, and leads a large coven. She’s also raising two nieces and hasn’t been with a man for fifteen years…until a handsome doctor takes an interest in her. But Mona’s life really heats up when Adam Blue
Paperback, 323 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published March 1st 2013)
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*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

OMG I loved this book so much! It's the perfect mixture of romance, mystery and humor. The characters are memorable and plain lovable and the story is so funny and sweet. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did and now I just want to praise it to everyone. I mean, seriously, this book deserves to make it big!

It tells the story of Mona McGregor, a 35 year old woman, single and a witch, who has dedicated her life to her f
Jennifer Harlow's "What's a Witch to Do? is a charming urban fantasy tale -- a mystery and a romance.

Mona McGregor is RESPONSIBLE. She is the High Priestess of a local witch coven, where she teaches classes to the other witches on various different issues. She was barely out of small clothes, when she rose to that position. Her younger sister, the irresponsible one, has left with Mona her ten and six year old girl daughters to raise.Her other sister is getting married and Mona is helping her wit
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts – 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! I bought this in 2013!

The cover is definitely intriguing and what drew me to the book because it had a beautiful wolf on the cover!

This is the first book in the series and also my first time reading Jennifer Harlow’s work. This is definitely an adult book.

I really liked Mona, but I think she is a bit OCD with the lists. She has good reason though because I’d need lists to reme
Amy Lignor
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Goodnight, Virginia there is a witch who has a seriously busy life. Between raising her younger sister’s kids who were left on her doorstep by her sister to being the High Priestess of the largest coven in North America, Mona McGregor is exhausted. In her life she’s called upon 24/7 by other witches who need her help with spells that have gone awry; she owns the Magic Shop in town; she’s putting a wedding together; setting up the Founder’s Day events; and has a long ‘To Do’ list each and ever ...more

Children with scissors. Mona is one of the plethora of witches in Goodnight and has taken over raising her 2 nieces, Cora and Sarah, after her younger sister abandoned them on her doorstep. When one slices a stitch worthy scissors cut in her palm, it’s off to the med center, where an old nemesis sits as head nurse. The Dr in charge is their own version of McDreamy, and Mona does enjoy the dreams. The 2 nieces are quite aware of her interest, and even at 6 and 10, they conspire to make Mona’s dre
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Mona is a High Priestess in her little town of Goodnight Viriginia. This is a job that is hereditary until death. She is raising her sisters little girls while she runs and owns a magic shop. One night someone knocks on her door and it is someone she knows..Adam Blue. He is hurt and asks for help. She nurses him back to health using her magic and he tells her someone wants her dead...someone she trust..someone in her own coven! Now she has to help plan a wedding and find out who wants her dead..
Cocktails and Books
ennifer Harlow has made me an official fangirl; she writes great female leads, there is tons of lust/love and there is always a good mystery. Mona is the quintessential take charge woman; she runs her family business, cares for two young nieces, is planning her sister’s wedding and is the local High Priestess. Where in that picture is there time for romance? Nowhere. And that’s when Adam Blue steps out of the shadows and into her life. Adam becomes Mona’s self-appointed protector when she is thr ...more
This book was so much fun to read. I was smitten by the fact that Mona’s physical appearance is pretty normal. She’s attractive, sure, but also unfashionably plump, and rarely perfectly groomed. I am so tired of thin, beautifully perfect heroines and gorgeous, domineering (alpha) males that sometimes when I read the physical descriptions in a book I tend to sort of zone out and my mind just rephrases the characteristics to something like…..yada, yada, blah blah. It is refreshing not to constantl ...more
Elizabeth Psyck
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I'm a big fan of magical realism and romance, and this book sort of combined the two. The protagonist, Mona McGregor is a witch, there are a bunch of werewolves, and a couple vampires. Someone's trying to kill Mona and the book follows her trying to stay alive (and protect all the people who rely on her) while also figuring out what the heck is going on with the two men who suddenly fell in love with her. I found it easy to relate to Mona, someone who is pulled in several dir ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Now I know I don't have these kinds of responsibilities...but I can identify with Mona McGregor. She has a full life of taking care of her shop, her house, her two nieces she inherited from her ne'er do well sister....and she has a huge coven of witches to lead.

And into her overfull life comes Adam, a wounded werewolf. He's yummy and a bit grumpy and he's here to help. There seems to be a demon out there who wants to kill Mona and Adam is in town to bodyguard.

The book is funny and has plenty o
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first venture in to Jennifer Harlow and I am smitten with her.
She can tell a tale!
She has the ability to change up the pace of the book from petal to the metal to a fun gentle read and then gas it up again.
I am now on my second in the series and feel the same way.

Anyway... this book is about a witch, head priestess, raising her niece and nephew, running her own business AND running a coven 150 strong. (Never have heard of a coven that big... but OK)
She runs a foul of a witch in her coven w
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
My hubby won this as a first reads... I swiped it :)

Having finished it in less than two days, due to being unable to put it down, I must say this book is a MUST READ! Though the first few 'chapters' were hard to get through (too little character info/too much setting detail), the story is awesome.

I highly recommend it for readers of Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every single page of this book. It was engaging enough to keep me awake through
Dramamine even. I loved the little girls and the small town and the crossover with her other book series.
Lisa Kay
★★★☆ Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Nice mystery. Nice love story. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Mona McGregor, High Priestess of a coven of witches, must team up with Adam Blue, beta werewolf, to figure out who wants her dead and to stop them before they succeed. This story will appeal to paranormal suspense, mystery and romance lovers.

Opening Sentence: “Aunt Mona! Aunt Mona! Cora’s bleeding!”

The Review:

Mona McGregor’s life could not get any busier than it already is or so she thinks. She is already juggling taking care of her nieces
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable read which is quite well-written and entertaining in terms of plot and characterisation.

The romance was also well-written and not a terrible cliche even if generally speaking you knew what was going to happen. The main character was cool and I liked reading about her. I read this in one day and it's too bad that the next books in the series aren't about her, but it makes sense since it felt finished.

I recommend. :)
Kylara Jensen
2.5 Stars

Ok, so I really wanted to love this book. The premise just sounds so fun. But the book was not what I was expecting and I really can't get behind the writing/ the narrative voice.

I thought this book was going to have more of an urban fantasy feel, but this book actually falls firmly under the paranormal romance with a smidge of mystery category. (Smidge is apparently not a real word, but it feels right so I'm sticking to it.)

I like that the main girl is an older woman who is raising her
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first requested this book I didn't know what to expect because I'd never heard of the author before and looking at the summary the book reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Thankfully, despite that fact What's a Witch To Do was much better than I expected. There was nothing that I didn't like about the book. I absolutely loved the plot. Finally someone has written a funny, witchy, paranormal mystery novel with a romantic twist that actually doesn't rely on old,
Stephanie  G
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mona’s life is busy. She owns her own shop, is the high priestess of a coven, and is the care giver for two nieces her sister left on her door step. It’s safe to say Mona has her work cut out for her. One night Adam Blue knocks on her door injured. She invites the werewolf in and helps him out. Adam didn’t knock on her door just for a potion. He tells her that she is in danger. One of her own coven wants to have her killed.

What’s a Witch to do? is Harlow’s first book in her new Midnight Magic My
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Through Netgalley for a tour in exchange of an honest review.

Mona is a High Priestess of a Witches Coven, she also raises two nieces that her sister left behind with her one night, and puts her jobs and responsibility first – no wonder Mona doesn't really have a personal life. When Adam Blue, a sexy Beta werewolf shows up injured on her doorsteps claiming that someone is out there trying to kill her, Mona ends up saving his life and enlisting him as her body guard. When the cute doctor suddenly
Stephanie (Bookfever)
I loved this book! Sure, I love all books by Jennifer Harlow but What's a Witch to Do is definitely one of my favorites from her.

What's a Witch to Do follows witch Mona McGregor, who's the high priestess of her cover. When werewolf Adam Blue shows up beating bloody, claiming that someone wants to kill her, she's forced to suspect friends and family. Together with the sexy werewolf at her side, Mona starts investigating...

Jennifer Harlow really did a great job with this book. I adore her FREAKS b
❂ Jennifer
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Not a bad read. I think it started off a bit slow for me, although the pace picked up quickly enough. I tend to prefer that the characters I read about are strong, independent women with sass, and while Mona is all of those things, she's also sporting a massive inferiority complex and there's a lot of 'ugly duckling' throughout the story. It's tempered well with the strong aspects of her personality, but it did detract from my enjoyment of the story overall.

The mystery itself should have been an
Andrea Guy
OMG! This book is enough to make me go all fangirly. There is so much to love about it, I just don't know where to start.

OK, I do.

1. The cover is fantastic. In fact of all the cozy mysteries I've read this year, this is the cover that I love the most.

2. Mona! Best heroine ever. She's not a skinny youngun'! Can I get a woo hoo for that? It is nice to know that women out of their 20s are well represented in book and in a real manner. OK, well as real as you can be when the heroine is the High Prie
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
My complete love for Mona earns this book 4 stars. Her personality, her caring heart & her "mother to all" nature reminds me so much of my older sister (who I adore) that Mona's character immediately became dear to me. Even the physical description of her is like that of my sister that I began to envision her as Mona.

Adam was great as well. His shyness in the beginning was sweet and made me smile more then once. Strong, steady and sexy - perfect for Mona.

Though I will say this - I KNEW who t
Talk Supe
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Talk Supe review

Fun chick-lit supe story with a 35yo spinster witch, Mona, for a heroine and a chunky werewolf, Adam, the hero. You have spells going awry, a demon on the lose, a town full of crazy characters, lots of awkward moments and a witch gone batshit insane, putting a hit on High Priestess Mona.

I had fun reading WWTD, very entertaining and the chick-lit romantic part between Mona and Adam are cute. I miss the Harlow signature snark, biting comebacks and crazy antics that endeared F.R.

I liked the story and the characters although Mona irritated me at some parts. All in all a good story. I'm thinking of trying her FREAKS series
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mona McGregor has always put family first. When her mother died, and her father shortly after, she took charge of her younger sisters Debbie and Ivy, practically raising the girls with the help of their Grandmother. And when Granny died, Mona took over the mantle as High Priestess of her coven. And just a few months ago when Ivy appeared on Mona’s doorstep pleading for help for herself and her two daughters, Sophie and Cora, Mona was there.

Mona always puts family first and herself second. So wh
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have some criticisms of this book, but i hope they read as constructive, becuase i would absolutely read another book by the same author. I was gifted with a free copy and thought I would give the book a whorl, which spellcheck thinks should be whirl. I think spellcheck is correct. Rather than giving a synopsis, i will just spout disorganized thoughts about this book as they come to me. Sorry folks. The reason being that this book made me think a lot about the craft of writing, perhaps becuase ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

Four stars: A fun new UF series with a terrific romance!
Mona has little time to worry about love and romance. She is the high priestess of a large coven, she has two nieces to raise, a busy magic shop to run and an endless supply of problems that come with being the coven leader. However, she is a might bit attracted to the handsome new doctor in town. Late one night, an unexpected knock in the middle of the night brings Adam Blue, a werewolf, beaten and badly bruised to her doorstep. Mona barel
Janine Treannie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this was definitely different from any books I've read in the past. I loved that it had a sense of fun, mystery, good humor, romance, a bit of sadness and magic. I also liked how the main character would reference different things from pop culture.

For a Witch and a High Priestess it seemed like our main character Mona McGregor definitely had quite the To Do list, but I don't think she really ever accomplished anything off those daily lists because something would always most defini
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Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restles ...more

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